WWRR Hockessin Art Show premieres Friday night
This weekend in Hockessin, find a new piece from a local artist for your home or office, and support a great local cause in the process at the 19th annual Wilmington and Western Railroad’s Hockessin Art Festival.
Held at the Hockessin Memorial Hall, the yearly art show is part of the non-profit WWRR’s fundraising effort to benefit the railroad, with 30 percent of all art sales going directly to the WWRR.
The show features over 20 local artists, who will be displaying and selling limited edition prints, original watercolors, oils, acrylics, pastels, sculpture, fine jewelry, mosaics and more.
Guests can also enjoy a ride on the WWRR’s Festival Express, a vintage train that leaves outside the festival (behind the memorial hall) for a 40-minute round-trip through the towns of Yorklyn and Ashland.
The show begins with a Friday evening preview from 5 to 9 p.m., and is open Saturday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For a complete list of artists, visit wwrr.com/ride/events/artfest.aspx.
The Wilmington & Western is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, that relies on both ticket sales as well as fundraising efforts to maintain its collection.
Income raised from the Hockessin Art Festival supports train operations, restoration projects, track maintenance, and more, according to their website.
The railroad’s operating season starts each spring and runs through Dec. 30, with a variety of special events throughout the year, as well as regular train rides on its 10 miles of track between Greenbank Station and Hockessin.
IF YOU GO 19th WWRR Hockessin Art Show
WHERE Hockessin Memorial Hall, 610 Yorklyn Road, Hockessin
WHEN Friday, Feb. 21, 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
ADMISSION $5 for adults, children under 12 free
DETAILS The WWRR Hockessin Art Show also features 40-minute-long train rides on the Festival Express. Trains depart from behind Hockessin Memorial Hall on Saturday, Feb. 22, and Sunday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m., 12, 1, 2, and 3 p.m. There are no physical tickets for this train. Seating is first-come, first-served. Once aboard and upon departure from Hockessin, you will be asked to surrender the cash fare to the Conductor. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 children under 12, and children under 2 are free.